Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age - PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4
Enter an era of war within the world of Ivalice. The small kingdom of Dalmasca, conquered by the Archadian Empire, is left in ruin and uncertainty. Princess Ashe, the one and only heir to the throne, devotes herself to the resistance to liberate her country. Vaan, a young man who lost his family in the war, dreams of flying freely in the skies. In a fight for freedom and fallen royalty, join these unlikely allies and their companions as they embark on a heroic adventure to free their homeland. FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE improves upon the 2006 classic FINAL FANTASY XII, now more beautiful and easier to play than ever. The high-definition remaster introduces several modern advancements, including reconstructed battle design and a revamped job system. With newly implemented trophies and share functions, as well as stark visual and sound improvements in true HD for the first time, players both returning and new to the game will experience a grand adventure that spans the world of Ivalice in an entirely fresh and improved way.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2019-01-08

I have feels invested here. I played this partway through on the PS2 then quit maybe due to WoW or another MMO, maybe due to left my ex husband, the system, and the memory card. Probably a bit of all of the above. This saga started about 11 years ago, for me. I played through Revenant Wings on the DS, which used the same characters and world but felt prettiy discrete, overall. It may have helped that I had already been introduced to the characters in the original game, though.

Let's get the point, shall we? I enjoyed this game enough to dump a stupid amount of time (111 hours?!) into it. There's probably at least 5-10 of idle time when I wasn't actively playing, and honestly who knows HOW MANY hours in the License screen. Sometimes I wonder if I want to start to stream my (Completely Ameteur) gameplay but I opted out hard on this one. There's nothing fun about watching someone flip through the License screen over and over and over again. Then add the Zodiac Age effect and suddenly you've doubled it. 

I have a soft spot in my heart for Ivalice, ever since playing Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced, which I loved with all of my being. It was a day like any other.... It's fun to see the Bangaa, Viera, Moogles.. though the Nu Mou were missing and suddenly we have Seeq.. but whatever. Lizards, bunnies, and cottonballs. It was nice to see them again.

The game features a classic Final Fantasy epic plotline. You go places, you do things, you ride chocobos, and you meet Cid. You probably also ride on an airship at least 2 times. Empires vie for dominance and the little guy fights to avoid being crushed. 

As far as characters go, I kind of really don't like Vaan. I hardly think I'm alone in that, though. Balthier and Fran are the gems of this game. If every other character was just secondary and the game focused on Balthier and Fran I'd be just as happy. Basch is ok, though. Ashe is meh. Penelo is mehX2. 

My two complaints:

1) the classic problem of the end of the game takes infinity hours without allowing you to save"
2) I could not and, in fact, did not want to spend the time figuring out the sudden puzzles that were thrown in during the second to last act. I hate when I feel I have to follow a walkthrough or guide to get through a game but there was purely no way I was smashing my head against the riddles to find sense.

Overall, if you're a Final Fantasy franchise fan, you obviouisly should play this game. I'm not sure I'd pick it as the first game for a person new to the series, though. Even Balthier and Fran couldn't make this entirely without drag. 

A tip, though: set up steal and poach gambits or you're going to spend forever grinding gil to buy gear. 

I played this on PC through Steam using a PS4 controller, I do not recommend keyboard control (there is not strafing and I just couldn't get comfortable without it).

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